All of you must have heard about the new ASUS Zenbook UX305 featuring Intel’s latest Core M Broadwell processors. The shocking fact is that Intel has just released a document stating that Core M Broadwell CPUs will be discontinued by November 28th, 2014 before they are even launched. I am not sure what Intel is planning to do or a major mishap has occurred in its public relations department. ASUS Zenbook UX305 houses Core M 5Y10 mobile processor which is part of the discontinued product list provided by Intel.
ASUS Zenbook UX305 features discontinued Intel Core M Broadwell CPU
Before we further dig up the story of discontinuation lets take a look at ASUS’s Zenbook UX305 Ultrabook. It features Core M 5Y10 dual-core CPU with four threads and frequency of 800 Mhz only. The CPU does support Intel’s Turbo Boost technology so we can expect a boost up to 2 GHz and a 4 MB L3 cache. Core M 5Y10 comes with Intel HD 5300 graphics clocked at 800 MHz. The new Core M Broadwell CPUs will be highly efficient with just 4.5 W TDP and most probably ASUS Zenbook UX305 will have a fanless design.
Other specifications include, a 13.3 inches QHD+ display with 3200 x 1800 res touch display inside an all-aluminium body. The Ultrabook comes with 4/8 GB memory, 128/256 GB SSD, dual-band 802.11 ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 720p camera. The inputs and outputs include three USB 3.0 ports, micro-HDMI port and microSD card reader. Zenbook UX305 packs a 6-cell 45 Wh lithium battery and features ASUS’s Sonic Audio technology.
Intel discontinues three Core M Broadwell CPUs
Intel has announced that it will discontinue Core M 5Y70, 5Y10 and 5Y10A Broadwell processors before they are even launched. The company states:
Market demand for the products listed in the “Products Affected/Intel Ordering Codes” table below have shifted to other Intel products. The products identified in this notification will be discontinued and unavailable for additional orders after the “Last Product Discontinuance Order Date”
If you look at the bold text it states that demand has been shifted to other Intel products. Well this does not indicate that Intel will skip Broadwell for mobile CPUs to make way for Skylake instead it has a different story. Core M Broadwell CPUs went in to mass production earlier this year before Intel was able to fix the TSX issue causing unpredictable system behavior so the company moved on to a new stepping.
ASUS Zenbook UX305 will most probably feature the older stepping while the future batches will introduce new F0 E0 steppings for Core M Broadwell CPUs. The major change in the new stepping is the TSX fix which was also present in the Haswell mobile CPUs and now thew first stepping of Core M Broadwell CPUs.